Western District MP James Purcell is delighted to see funding for the Beyond the Bell and its programs to increase year 12 attainment in the region.
The program will received $290,000, which will be officially announced today (Thursday, 6 October) at the Beyond The Bell Forum held in Warrnambool.
"Beyond the Bell is a deserving initiative that will have a positive impact on youth in the local community. I have raised the importance of this initiative in Parliament and it is pleasing to see funding if forthcoming," Mr Purcell says.
Beyond the Bell is working to create a cultural shift in the way our regional communities and service providers work to support young people and bring them through the education system.
The ambitious program aims to improve young people’s chances of attaining year 12 or equivalent, and has set a target of 90 per cent or more young people achieving Year 12 or equivalent by the year 2030.
“Rates of year 12 attainment in south-west Victoria are appalling. We have some of the worst in the state."
The current average level of students in the Great South Coast region attaining year 12 or equivalent is 54 percent, well below the state average of 74.4 percent.
“The work that Beyond the Bell is doing will take time but it will work towards improving those year 12 attainment figures."
Beyond the Bell Forum
Thursday 6 October
11.30 - 12.30pm
Deakin on Timor (Civic Room)
165 Timor Street, Warrnambool